Why do some teachers take it upon themselves to toss words like dislexia out to parents of 4 year olds? I had a visit from another teacher in my school yesterday. She was coming to see me on behalf of her sister who has a 4 year old son at another school. According to my co-worker, the teacher in this pre-k 4 class has recommended that her sister take her son to the local public school and ask that he be tested for dislexia because he writes his name backwards. Also, she is recommending he take "handwriting classes" . My co-worker is a special ed teacher but she works with upper elementary children so she brought handwriting samples from her nephew for me to see and to get my opinion. His handwriting looked very good for a 4 year old in the first 6 weeks of the school year. Yes, there were reversals but the letters were very well formed. If anything, I would say he is doing very well for his age. My co-worker said she told her sister not to go to the school because they would not test him at his young age. I asked her if the teacher meant that the child needs occupational therapy (though I couldn't see it from the samples). The sister insists the teacher used the term handwriting class. I know nothing about the teacher at this school. All I do know is that it's a Catholic parochial school. I thought the Catholic schools required certified teachers but maybe not in pre-k. At the very least, I would expect the teacher to know she shouldn't toss around labels like that. For her to be expecting perfect handwriting in pre-k seems to indicate some pretty inappropriate expectations. I feel sorry for the mom and little boy.